Major F. Dana Brown - age: 92
(April 16, 1921 to January 15, 2014
Old Orchard Beach, Maine
A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 10 AM at The Salvation Army Corps., 2 Church Street, Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Private family committal service will be held at Laurel Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Salvation Army Corps., 2 Church Street, Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064. Arrangements are by Dennett, Craig and Pate Funeral Home, 365 Main Street, Saco.
Major F. Dana Brown was born April 16, 1921 in Arlington, MA to Mary Ellen (Bullock) and George Lushington Brown. He was the youngest of 4 children. His parents served as Salvation Army Officers causing the family to move around to different locations. He had memories of Keene, NH; Norwich, CT; Old Orchard Beach, ME and Boston, MA. Old Orchard Beach became their home when his father became very ill and was Promoted to Glory when Dana was just 3 months old.
Dana met Ruth Jean Anscombe, daughter of Brigadier & Mrs. George E. Anscombe, while her parents were appointed to Boston, MA. It was during this time that Dana was inducted into the US Army on November 30, 1942. He became Private First Class in the 100th Infantry Division and served in France during World War II. During the war, he was wounded which entitled him to the Purple Heart and he also earned the Bronze Battle Star Medal. When he came back to Boston Ruth faithfully changed his bandages every day.
On September 20, 1946, Dana and Ruth were married and became faithful soldiers of the Boston Palace which later became Boston Central Corps. They had one child Janice Ruth born on October 22, 1948. In 1956, both felt called to be Salvation Army Officers entering the then School for Officers' Training in Bronx, NY in September as part of the "Faithful" session of cadets. While they were in training, Janice went to live with her grandparents Brigadier & Mrs. George E. Anscombe who were stationed at the New York (Temple) Corps. Dana always said it was a difficult time for him leaving his daughter with her grandparents but knew she was in good hands.
Together they served at Newport, RI; Brockton, MA; Worcester, MA (an appointment made by God so their daughter could meet her husband); Buffalo, NY; Canton, OH; Lawrence, MA; Cambridge, MA; Springfield, MA; and Ladore Lodge. On April 30, 1986, they retired as the Directors of Ladore Lodge and settled in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. In retirement, they became faithful soldiers of the corps.
During retirement Dana loved to do Bible Studies on many different subjects. He went to the painting class that Brigadier Henry Berkhoudt held each Friday. Ruth and Dana joined other retired officers each week to bowl at Vacationland Bowling. Bowling also became a tradition whenever the grandchildren and later great grandchildren came for a visit. He will be remembered for his loud laugh and humor by many in the community as well as his close friends and family.
Dana was predeceased by his brother George Alton on November 7, 2013. He is survived by his faithful loving wife Mrs. Major Ruth Brown of 67+ years, Major Janice (Robert) Joubert and two sisters Verna Hughes of Bradenton, FL and Mrs. Major Estelle Ryans of Portsmouth, NH. He will also be missed by his grandchildren Majors Joy and (Marcus) Jugenheimer, Tammy and (Dr. Steven) Dunmire, Robert and (Victoria) Joubert and his great grandchildren Caitlyn and Chaya Jugenheimer, Hannah Matthew, John (twin great grandsons) and Joshua Dunmire, and his newest great granddaughter born January 4, 2014 Lael Annaliese Joubert. They were all very precious to him and he always wanted to make sure they knew he loved them and that Jesus did, too.